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Chemsex: Brits more likely to combine drugs with sex, survey finds

Chemsex: Brits more likely to combine drugs with sex, survey finds

  • 2 April 2019
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People in the UK are more likely to combine drugs with sex than those in the US, Canada, Australia or Europe, according to a survey.

It found Brits, younger people and those on higher incomes were more likely to have chemsex.

More than 22,000 people took part in the Global Drug Survey's research into substance-linked sex.

It found alcohol, cannabis, MDMA and cocaine are the drugs most commonly used.

Researchers say understanding people's drug use is important so that messages about the harm they can cause can be targeted to the way people live their lives.

"By engaging with your audience and accepting that drugs provide pleasure as well as harms, you can deliver harm reduction messages in a more trustworthy and nuanced manner," said lead author Dr Will Lawn.

Alcohol 'most popular'

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The report found alcohol was the most popular drug.

Around 58% of men and 60% of women who took part in the survey said they'd drank before sex in the past year.

But it's not just booze that's being consumed before Brits get intimate.

The report states that people from the UK are most likely to have combined drugs such as cocaine, MDMA and mephedrone with sex.

It describes the Brit's use of mephedrone - also known as meow meow - with sex as "particularly striking".